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In Las Vegas, Drinks Flow a Little Less Freely

On a recent trip here, Phil Fletcher and his friends were at a video poker bar at Bally’s casino when they noticed a series of red and green lights on the back of the machines.

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6/23/2017

article Casino chips enthusiasts ready for Las Vegas auction of rare items
(Las Vegas) -- Die-hard casino memorabilia collectors won’t be able to bargain over rare chips on display in Las Vegas. A 1969 Caesars Palace $25 casino chip with...

6/21/2017

article Derek Stevens Looks Toward Downtown’s Past to See Its Future
(Las Vegas) -- The past few weeks have offered a good perspective on the dance between old Vegas, new Vegas and new old Vegas that characterizes our times. In particular...

6/20/2017

article Stevens relishes blank canvas in devising downtown resort
(Las Vegas) -- Derek Stevens is doing something rare in Southern Nevada’s post-recession economy. While owners of other gaming companies are building additions to...

6/19/2017

article Demand for Las Vegas penthouses may be headed up again
(Las Vegas) -- In 2009, the penthouse unit at Turnberry Place 3801 was on the market for $16 million. One of the largest penthouse units in Las Vegas, the two-floor...
article Golden Looks Golden with Stratosphere Acquisition
(Las Vegas) -- Golden Entertainment is bidding to become a major player in the lucrative Las Vegas locals market by acquiring American Casino & Entertainment, owner...

6/18/2017

article Las Vegas sees retail boom
(Las Vegas) -- It doesn’t take long to realize how big shopping has become in this desert destination that casino gambling once ruled. Digital signs inside the...

6/15/2017

article The D Las Vegas Is The Official Downtown Casino Of Vegas Golden Knights
(Las Vegas) -- This afternoon, the Vegas Golden Knights - the National Hockey League's newest franchise - broke the ice by announcing the D Las Vegas as its official...

6/14/2017

article VIDEO VAULT | Treasury Casino offered card counting lessons to prospective gamblers
(Las Vegas) -- Southern Nevada casinos keep an eye out for card counters—gamblers who use math and memory to turn Blackjack odds to their advantage. As a general...
article Rio disinfects water systems of Legionnaires’-causing bacteria
(Las Vegas) -- A Rio spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that the hotel’s water systems have been disinfected after two guests reported cases of Legionnaires’...

6/12/2017

article And they’re off … at the Sigma Derby horse race
(Las Vegas) -- The retro Sigma Derby gaming machine, in theory, is a poor product to have on a casino floor. It takes up valuable real estate. Compared to the roll of...
article Las Vegas Casino Bans MassRoots CEO For Cannabis Ties
(Las Vegas) -- The gambling industry’s year-old program intended to prevent money-laundering in America’s casinos has resulted in one of the cannabis...
article Las Vegas goes from gambling halls to shopping malls
(Las Vegas) -- It doesn’t take long to realize how big shopping has become in this desert destination that casino gambling once ruled. Digital signs inside the...

6/11/2017

article Frontier Hotel-Casino site up for sale at $400 million
(Las Vegas) -- A prime center-Strip location that had been earmarked for a major casino called Alon is up for sale. Alon’s developer, Crown Resorts, out of...
article Las Vegas late-night institution Drai’s After Hours marks 20 sizzling years
(Las Vegas) -- Victor Drai stands as one of Las Vegas’ great visionaries, and this month marks the 20th anniversary of his passion project — Drai’s...
article NFL’s gambling policy appears consistently inconsistent
(Las Vegas) -- Now more than ever before, the NFL’s public position on gambling has become quite an artful dance. On one side of the ballroom, the league still...

6/10/2017

article Two iconic Fremont Street casinos will reopen temporarily to preserve licenses
(Las Vegas) -- Later this month, the unmistakable, ubiquitous music and sound effects of slot machines will return to the Las Vegas Club and the Mermaids casino, but for...
article LVCVA vote on Convention Center upgrade will be a slam-dunk
(Las Vegas) -- Asked after a meeting this month for a prediction about how the vote would go on the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors...

6/9/2017

article Will Las Vegas have enough workers for major construction projects?
(Las Vegas) -- If you plan to build it in Las Vegas — whether it’s a new casino, a freeway, or a stadium for the Raiders and UNLV — construction...

6/8/2017

article Gunshot Fired at Planet Hollywood, While Las Vegas Orders Bollards to Better Protect Strip
(Las Vegas) -- The scene was chaotic at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas early Tuesday morning. An underage male fired a gun inside the Strip resort as Metro Police were...

6/7/2017

article 2 closed Las Vegas casinos to open temporarily to preserve licesnses
(Las Vegas) -- Slot machine play will return to downtown’s Las Vegas Club and the Mermaids casino later this month — at least, for 16 hours. The state Gaming...

6/6/2017

article Gunshot fired inside Planet Hollywood during arrest of suspected underage gamblers
(Las Vegas) -- A gun went off inside a casino on the Las Vegas strip overnight, sending hotel guests into a panic. The shooting occurred just after midnight at the...
article Police: Gun fired in casino during underage gambling arrest
(Las Vegas) -- Police say a gunshot was fired at a Las Vegas Strip casino but no one was injured during the overnight arrest of two males on suspicion that they were...

6/5/2017

article SCHWARTZ: Vegas for Everyman (and Woman)
(Las Vegas) -- Back in January 2015, the Stratosphere launched a marketing campaign aiming to capitalize on people who miss the old Las Vegas. “Take Vegas Back,...
article $17 Million Remodel for the Palms Casino Floor
(Las Vegas) -- The multi-million dollar makeovers at the Palms keep on coming, as owners Station Casinsos prepare for its future as the highest profile member of the...

6/4/2017

article Crews putting final touches on renovation of Planet Hollywood
(Las Vegas) -- On a late May morning, a dozen construction workers dressed in hard hats and neon vests are hustling back and forth along a section of Planet Hollywood...

5/30/2017

article Another free drink regulating system is being tested at casinos
(Las Vegas) -- Just as Las Vegas casino customers are getting used to free drinks being regulated at video poker tables, another change to the drink comp system is on...
article The Myth of the Las Vegas Locals Market Recovery
(Las Vegas) -- Red Rock Resorts is heavily dependent on the health of the Las Vegas locals gaming market. In this report, we examine key gaming metrics in the Las Vegas...

5/29/2017

article Sunset Station host recalls casino’s early days
(Las Vegas) -- Casino host Bobby DeFroda has been working at Sunset Station since September 1997 — three months after it opened — and at first he wasn’...

5/27/2017

article Las Vegas Not Drunk Enough to Make List of Top 20 Booziest Cities
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas may be thought of as Sin City, but that doesn’t mean the place is awash in booze 24/7. Well, actually, maybe it is. But when it comes to...

5/25/2017

article End of a Las Vegas icon? Bellagio Casino bosses forced to deny rumor
(Las Vegas) -- Is one of Las Vegas' signature Strip attractions destined to become a strip mall? Executives at MGM Resorts International have been forced to deny...

5/24/2017

article Bellagio Fountains: Will the famous Las Vegas landmark close to make way for a shopping mall?
(Las Vegas) -- What Las Vegas giveth, Las Vegas taketh away. Eighteen years after the Bellagio opened and redefined luxury in Sin City, rumours are afoot that the resort...
article Poker room to close at Luxor Casino this June
(Las Vegas) -- By June 18th, the poker gaming options in Las Vegas will be a little bit smaller. The MGM-owned Luxor Casino has announced this is the day they will be...

5/23/2017

article At the bar, a pair of Vegas casino giants use tech to up the ante for free drinks
(Las Vegas) -- The free drinks at casinos make everyone feel like a winner. However, several casinos are killing the buzz: Select properties in Nevada, including Las...
article What's it like to spend 48 hours in a Las Vegas casino?
(Las Vegas) -- A bloated bluebottle is floating in my Blue Sky Daiquiri, his sticky wings twitching in silent resignation. I am that fly. This is my second night at the...
article Jackpot of more than $300K hit at small Las Vegas Strip casino
(Las Vegas) -- A small Strip casino was the site of a jackpot of more than $300,000 over the weekend in Las Vegas. The jackpot was won on an IGT “Wheel of Fortune...
article Binion’s casino briefly evacuated after kitchen fire
(Las Vegas) -- Binion’s was evacuated this morning after a small fire in a restaurant kitchen deep fryer, according to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. Nobody was...

5/22/2017

article Luxor Casino In Las Vegas To Close Poker Room
(Las Vegas) -- The poker supply in Las Vegas is set to get a little thinner. Nevada’s main casino corridor will lose another poker room when the Luxor closes its nine-...
article Luxor Casino to close Poker room
(Las Vegas) -- The nine-table poker room at the Las Vegas Luxor casino resort is due to close its doors on 18 June, reducing the total number of poker rooms on the Las...

5/20/2017

article If all goes as planned, prepare to party in Las Vegas in 2020
(Las Vegas) -- If plans come together as envisioned in two top news stories from last week, there’s going to be one serious party in Las Vegas come 2020. On...
article Resorts official says industry improved vigilance in keeping children off casino floors
(Las Vegas) -- Through the eyes of convicted murderer Jeremy Strohmeyer, it was all the casino industry’s fault that 7-year-old Sherrice Iverson was strangled in a...

5/19/2017

article Board OKs conditional lease for Raiders stadium in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- The public board that oversees the proposed stadium where the Raiders want to start playing in 2020 on Thursday unanimously approved a conditional lease...
article The new Vegas namaste: Yoga on a Ferris wheel, near dolphins
(Las Vegas) -- Surrounded by imposing Las Vegas hotel-casinos in the foreground and desert mountains in the background, the group breathed deeply and loudly as an...
article Lost in time: the El Cortez hotel and casino
(Las Vegas) -- On a sticky afternoon in June of 2015 I, with friend and photographer, Matilda Temperley, drove through downtown Las Vegas and into the driveway of the El...

5/18/2017

article New Design Pushes Genting’s Las Vegas Casino Opening to 2020
(Las Vegas) -- Malaysian casino developer and operator Genting Group revealed on Wednesday that the opening of the $4-billion Resorts World Las Vegas has been pushed to...
article New Las Vegas Casino-Resort Pushes Opening Date to 2020
(Las Vegas) -- A years-delayed multibillion-dollar casino-resort project on the Las Vegas Strip that would cater to the city's Chinese and Chinese-American tourists...
article Resorts World Las Vegas pushes opening date to 2020
(Las Vegas) -- Resorts World Las Vegas (RWLV), developed by Genting Group, will begin construction in the third quarter this year, with a new open date set for 2020.

5/17/2017

article Resorts World Las Vegas chooses casino veteran as president
(Las Vegas) -- A 30-year gaming industry veteran who helped open The Mirage is coming home. Edward Farrell, a Chaparral High and University of Nevada graduate who has...
article The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas begins charging patrons to park their cars
(Las Vegas) -- The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas has become the latest Las Vegas casino to begin charging patrons for parking with The Blackstone Group-owned property...
article Chica makes grand entrance at the Venetian
(Las Vegas) -- The Venetian and Palazzo pulled out all the stops this weekend to welcome Lorena Garcia’s Chica to their restaurant portfolio. It kicked off with a...

5/15/2017

article Vegas: Gamble If You Want Free Drinks
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas loves that you enjoy a good drink and all. It just wants to remind you that nothing in this world is free. You are either going to pay for it or...

5/14/2017

article At the bar, a pair of Vegas casino giants use tech to up the ante for free drinks
(Nevada) -- The free drinks at casinos make everyone feel like a winner. However, several casinos are killing the buzz: Select properties in Nevada, including Las Vegas...

5/12/2017

article Issue of gambling at new Las Vegas stadium yet to be addressed
(Las Vegas) -- The issue of gambling at the proposed new Las Vegas home for the NFL’s Oakland Raider has yet to be addressed during lease discussions, according to...
article At some Vegas casino bars, non-gamblers lose their free drinks
(Las Vegas) -- The free drinks at casinos make everyone feel like a winner. However, two casino behemoths are killing the buzz: At select properties, MGM Resorts and...

5/11/2017

article Cosmopolitan Casino Looking to Attract Higher Rollers
(Las Vegas) -- One problem many casino resorts in Las Vegas does have to contend with is the fact that high rolling gamblers do have the choice of a plethora of...
article Resort fees raised at 2 more Las Vegas hotels
(Las Vegas) -- Two more Strip casinos have raised their resort fees. Monte Carlo’s new rate is $35 per night, a $5 increase. Vdara is raising its rate to $39, a $4...

5/6/2017

article Parking fees on the Strip, hurting or helping business?
(Las Vegas) -- It's almost been a year since MGM Resorts International broke with Las Vegas tradition and started charging customers to park. There was an immediate...

5/4/2017

article Professor: Las Vegas Strip A Thing Of All-American Beauty
(Las Vegas) -- Nevadans love to bash the Las Vegas Strip. But when others do it, we get defensive. So get ready to be surprised: a professor who has a new book that'...

5/2/2017

article Investments in Tropicana Las Vegas seen continuing
(Las Vegas) -- Penn National Gaming will continue to leverage its investment in its Tropicana Las Vegas property and add to its holdings in Mississippi to expand and...
article Wrap planned for unfinished Fontainebleau on Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- An eyesore on the Strip may soon be cloaked with a cloth facade. Carl Icahn, owner of the Fontainebleau, plans to wrap part of the unfinished hotel-casino...

5/1/2017

article World's largest Hooters to close in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Less than two years after opening in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, the world’s largest Hooters is closing. The restaurant, which officially...

4/30/2017

article Tour a secret suite in downtown Las Vegas at the El Cortez Hotel and Casino
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas is a city known for makeovers. Hotels, casinos and restaurants are constantly changing, upgrading and becoming as modern as they can be.
article First family of Las Vegas sports betting handicaps the Kentucky Derby
(Las Vegas) -- Gamblers would often bypass Shannon Vega when she worked as a ticket writer at the Boulder Station race and sports book and head straight to her...

4/28/2017

article Investments in Tropicana Las Vegas seen continuing
(Las Vegas) -- Penn National Gaming will continue to leverage its investment in its Tropicana Las Vegas property and add to its holdings in Mississippi to expand and...
article New York Man Wins $160.5M in Lawsuit Against Vegas Casino
(Las Vegas) -- A former New York hedge fund manager has won $160.5 million in his lawsuit against the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. The Las Vegas Review-...

4/26/2017

article Las Vegas Design Professionals Discuss Changing Sin City Landscape at UNLV
(Las Vegas) -- A group of Las Vegas design professionals met at UNLV over the weekend to discuss “Emotional Architecture and Hospitality Design,” with the...

4/25/2017

article Like desert sands, Las Vegas resorts continue to shift
(Las Vegas) -- Strip resorts of the future will probably look quite different. The casino floor, for one thing, will most likely be smaller. But Las Vegas and its huge...
article Is Vegas Making a Mistake Courting Visitors Who Don’t Gamble?
(Las Vegas) -- With its proud and certainly unique history in regards to gambling, Las Vegas has always been a destination that anyone who does enjoy gambling will have...
article Las Vegas' Monte Carlo Casino Closes Poker Room
(Las Vegas) -- The eight-table poker room at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino closed early Tuesday morning, Card Player has learned. The closing leaves the Las Vegas Strip...

4/24/2017

article Las Vegas casinos welcoming new games and new betting options in 2017
(Las Vegas) -- You’ve already heard this before but casino operators in Las Vegas are trying to increase gambling revenue by changing rules and odds so they can...

4/23/2017

article Annual LVCVA study creates profile of average Las Vegas visitor
(Las Vegas) -- The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority spends marketing dollars in its budget based on research gathered through 3,600 in-person interviews, 300...
article Betting industry veteran runs Las Vegas’ lone separate horse racing book
(Las Vegas) -- Shortly before noon on a typical Wednesday morning at the brightly lit South Point horse racing book, roughly 40 men are studying the day’s...

4/19/2017

article Architect bucks norm, calls Las Vegas a global pioneer in design
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas has taken a beating from the architecture establishment over the years, with critics characterizing the city’s resorts and casinos as a...

4/18/2017

article In Las Vegas, Drinks Flow a Little Less Freely
(Las Vegas) -- On a recent trip here, Phil Fletcher and his friends were at a video poker bar at Bally’s casino when they noticed a series of red and green lights...

4/16/2017

article Las Vegas Strip's New Growth Driver: Parking Fees
(Las Vegas) -- No one knows how to squeeze every penny out of customers quite like casinos. And the latest place they're looking to get a little extra is in the...

4/15/2017

article Another casino blaze: Golden Nugget reports canopy fire
(Las Vegas) -- For the second consecutive night, a Las Vegas casino has reported a fire. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to a canopy fire at the Golden Nugget Friday...
article Roulette Makes Its Vegas Comeback
(Las Vegas) -- Roulette is back in fashion on the casino floors of Las Vegas. That’s according to figures released this week by the Nevada Gaming Control Board...

4/14/2017

article Bellagio rooftop catches fire, closes Las Vegas strip
(Las Vegas) -- A fire was reported at Bellagio hotel-casino Thursday night. Clark County Fire Department first responded to the fire at 10:50 p.m. after receiving the...
article Forbidden City Resort Could Bring Pandas and Cricket Fighting to Las Vegas
(Nevada) -- We get giddy when we hear about new Las Vegas casinos in the works and this one’s a doozy. We’ve got the inside scoop on a proposed $5 billion...

4/13/2017

article John Madden hates the Raiders’ move to Vegas, and his reasons might surprise you
(Las Vegas) -- John Madden has a message for NFL coaches who will travel to Las Vegas in a few years when the Raiders relocate from Oakland: Watch your players.

4/12/2017

article Las Vegas is learning from us
(Las Vegas) -- I sat on a familiar bench, sipping a latte in the shade. Two women nudged foldable chairs to a cafe table nearby and began unwrapping their everything...
article Las Vegas casinos raise parking fees
(Las Vegas) -- The good old days of widespread free parking at casinos ended in 2016. Now, with some properties raising those initial fees beginning Wednesday, it’...

4/10/2017

article Las Vegas Strip Casinos Help Fund UNLV Hospitality Program Building, Investing in Future Employees
(Las Vegas) -- UNLV is nearing completion on its $59 million, 93,500-square foot Hospitality Hall. The massive investment is partially made possible thanks to several...

4/9/2017

article Survey results show visitors to Las Vegas are gambling less than ever
(Las Vegas) -- Every year the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) releases a profile of people who visited Las Vegas the previous year. It’s always...

4/6/2017

article Small Vegas Casino Aims to Entice VIP Gamblers With "Rolling Chips"
(Las Vegas) -- The Lucky Dragon is a brand-new Asian-themed casino located on Sahara Avenue, north of the main action on the Las Vegas strip. For you Vegas fans, it'...

3/30/2017

article Casino Gambling: Las Vegas Strip Poker Rooms Shed 33 Tables In February
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas Strip area poker rooms raked a combined $5.59 million from cash games last month, according to figures released by regulators on Tuesday.
article Record Year for Las Vegas Tourism
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas welcomed a record number of tourists in 2016 and the amount of money they spent also set a new record. Data compiled by local economic research...

3/27/2017

article Suspect jailed in connection with attempted robbery at Silver Sevens
(Las Vegas) -- A 33-year-old man is accused of having a role in an attempted robbery at Silver Sevens Wednesday morning. David Arnold North was booked into the Clark...

3/25/2017

article GameCo, a video game gambling machine maker, raising funds for expansion
(Las Vegas) -- GameCo, the first U.S. maker of video game gambling machines (VGM), hopes to raise as much as $30 million in a third round of funding as it seeks to...

3/24/2017

article Why security expert says Las Vegas visitors should feel ‘very, very safe’ here
(Las Vegas) -- Acts of terror may be happening more frequently in tourism hot spots around the world, but visitors to Las Vegas are coming to one of the safest...

3/21/2017

article Train leaving the Station: Railroad theme jettisoned in Palace Station’s renovation
(Las Vegas) -- Palace Station will soon be ditching its train motif as a multimillion-dollar renovation project on the 41-year-old casino continues. The remodeling began...

3/20/2017

article Will the New Casino on Vegas Strip Steal Share from Rivals?
(Las Vegas) -- The newest addition to the Las Vegas Strip, The Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino (opened on Nov 19, 2016) was touted to be the next big thing in Vegas....
article Vegas casino opens VIP golf simulator suite with caddie, bottle service
(Las Vegas) -- The market is heating up for high-tech, non-traditional golfing experiences. Topgolf centers, which combine sprawling driving ranges along with swanky...

3/19/2017

article Lucky Dragon Casino in Las Vegas rolling chips
(Las Vegas) -- Although other casinos have tried the program on a limited basis for special VIP guests, the newer Lucky Dragon Casino in Las Vegas is the first to offer...
article Saving the bright lights of Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas has been lighting up the Nevada desert since the 1930s, but many of its most memorable signs have been replaced with LEDs. So where did the...
article Are three classic rock shows on the Las Vegas Strip too much classic rock?
(Las Vegas) -- On five nights of Journey’s return in May, The Joint won’t be the only place inside the Hard Rock Hotel to show off your air-keyboard skills...

3/18/2017

article Asian-Focused Lucky Dragon Casino Bets Big on VIP Gamblers
(Las Vegas) -- The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is the first resort that’s truly focused on the Asian visitor. And four months since the venue...
article New Vegas casino stirs the pot
(Las Vegas) -- The new Lucky Dragon Casino is creating a stir on the Las Vegas Strip by using the rolling chip program to award comps and discounts to table game players.

3/16/2017

article Lucky Dragon Casino’s Influence May Be Greater Than Its Size
(Las Vegas) -- The latest Las Vegas hotel casino to open, the Lucky Dragon, has been up and running for more than three months. It may not have the immediate landscape-...
article More VIP gaming space on the way as Lucky Dragon makes adjustments
(Las Vegas) -- It’s been almost four months since Las Vegas’ first expressly Asian casino opened its doors, with a marketing strategy as unique as the glass...

3/15/2017

article Las Vegas Casino Operator To Launch Social Poker
(Las Vegas) -- A Las Vegas casino operator is again trying its hand in the online gaming realm. Red Rock Resorts, which owns and operators Station Casinos, announced...

3/14/2017

article Rehab jackpot: Video poker machines being used for therapy
(Las Vegas) -- Video poker machines are commonplace in Las Vegas and can be found in bars, supermarkets and even high-end restaurants. Now you can add hospitals to that...

3/12/2017

article Concert season brings change from locals casino consolidations
(Las Vegas) -- If you don’t remember KMXB-FM’s “Spring Fling” at Red Rock Resort last year, that’s because it was somewhere else: on the...
article StationPlay social gaming app to advance Las Vegas presence
(Las Vegas) -- Station Casinos is seeking to further expand its presense among local players in the Las Vegas market, through its forthcoming StationPlay social gaming...

3/9/2017

article Where did all those high rollers come from? Las Vegas' newest hotel is adding more VIP gaming salons
(Las Vegas) -- Less than four months after it opened, the Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is already remodeling. The reason? A larger-than-expected number...
article Station Casinos outlines plans for new slots, upgrades at Palms
(Las Vegas) -- The renovation of a cafe and buffet and the installation of 280 new slot machines are among the improvements Station Casinos have begun or are planning...

2/28/2017

article Average daily room rate in Las Vegas reaches all-time high
(Las Vegas) -- Southern Nevada’s tourism economy produced a record that delighted resort operators, but may make Las Vegas visitors cringe. The average daily room...

2/24/2017

article Casinos should have ignored bottom line and stepped up for state tournament
(Las Vegas) -- The trophies weren’t any smaller and neither were the tears any less evident, those falling from joy and heartache. The selfies will still last a...

2/21/2017

article Vegas casinos wrote off fewer bad gambling debts in 2016
(Las Vegas) -- Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip had one of their best years in recent memory in terms of writing off uncollectable gambling debts, according to 2016...

2/20/2017

article Hidden History: Moulin Rouge's history short but very significant
(Las Vegas) -- The lights of the Las Vegas Strip invite gamers and partiers from all walks of life. But like the rest of the country, Las Vegas wasn't always so...

2/19/2017

article LETTER: No secret to the revival of downtown Las Vegas casinos
(Las Vegas) -- I read with interest the Review-Journal’s recent story reporting that the downtown area had the biggest percentage increase in gaming win of any...

2/17/2017

article New In Las Vegas: Move Over Gambling Tables, Here Are New Arcade Games For Hipsters
(Las Vegas) -- We often tag Sin City with showgirls, cards, dice rolls, and slot machines that dominate the gambling nightlife of Las Vegas. However, they seem to be a...
article 5 Nasty Vegas Buffets To Turn Your Stomach
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas buffets are a sort of institution in their own right. Despite Sin City being famous for its casinos there is a massive cult following that...

2/16/2017

article Seven Year Switch: How Las Vegas Hospitality Has Changed
(Las Vegas) -- Pharaoh woke from a terrible dream. Seven beautiful, fat cows emerged from the river to graze. It was good to be the master of such bounty. Then seven...

2/13/2017

article Renovations already underway at new Lucky Dragon near Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- The paint has barely dried at the new Lucky Dragon, yet operators have already announced plans to renovate space to make more room for VIP guests....

2/12/2017

article Poker room to close at Monte Carlo Casino this April
(Las Vegas) -- On April 25th, the poker room at the Monte Carlo Casino of Las Vegas will close its doors. The owner of the casino, MGM Resorts International, has plans...

2/10/2017

article Monte Carlo Folds Poker Room
(Las Vegas) -- The city with the most poker rooms just lost one as Monte Carlo Resort and Casino announced it was closing its facility, April 25. The MGM Resorts owned...

2/9/2017

article Las Vegas Strip Area To Lose Poker Room
(Las Vegas) -- Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip is closing its eight-table poker room. It opened in the late 1990s. Ktnv.com reported that the MGM...
article Raiders next Vegas move? Looking at other potential investors
(California) -- Las Vegas officials have received queries from at least a half-dozen suitors interested in filling the investment vacuum left by casino mogul Sheldon...
press release Film Company to Begin Interviews With Casinos for Documentary About Las Vegas Excess
(New Mexico) -- Red Hall Films, an Albuquerque based video and documentary production company is announcing its intention to begin interviews and pre-production for a...

2/8/2017

article Las Vegas Profile: World’s Hottest Market
(Las Vegas) -- What happens in Vegas, everybody’s talking about across the live business as Sin City emerges from an era of lounge acts to major artist residencies...

2/5/2017

article Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 40.5: A Chat With Five Downtown Casino Bosses
(Las Vegas) -- It’s not our typical episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast, and that can only be a good thing. This week, we share an uncensored panel discussion with...

2/3/2017

article Las Vegas Casinos Luring Chinese Visitors
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas continues to be a major destination for tourists from all across the USA and beyond, and last year 42.9 million people visited the resort,...
article Marketing, homeless are biggest challenges for downtown Las Vegas, gaming execs say
(Las Vegas) -- There’s a whole lot going on in downtown Las Vegas that is driving gross gaming revenue better than in any other Southern Nevada market.

2/2/2017

article Experience Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
(Las Vegas) -- In a state renown for gambling, you might think that’s there is nothing else to do in Nevada. Well, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the...

2/1/2017

article Raiders boost Vegas commitment to $1.2 billion, operations, risk
(Las Vegas) -- The Oakland Raiders want to shoulder an additional $650 million for their proposed Las Vegas stadium, bringing their total commitment to $1.15 billion for...

1/28/2017

article Vegas is Cracking Down on Free Casino Drinks
(Las Vegas) -- Call us alcoholics, but one of the best things about gambling in Vegas (even if you're spending next to nothing) is the near constant supply of free...

1/25/2017

article New $20M makeover is underway at Hooters Casino
(Las Vegas) -- Major changes are on the way at Hooters Casino Hotel in a $20 million makeover. Hooters VP and General Manager Mike Storm has announced two new...

1/24/2017

article Boutique hotel Rumor east of Las Vegas Strip sells for $18M
(Las Vegas) -- Rumor, a boutique hotel east of the Strip, has been sold — and its name has already been yanked from the walls. The 150-room hotel at 455 E. Harmon...

1/23/2017

article 2016 Las Vegas casino revenue reports show drastic shift in focus
(Las Vegas) -- In this day and age, most businesses don’t simply operate on a gut feeling. Sure, they need intuition in order to be successful but they use data to...

1/11/2017

article Downtown Las Vegas leads Nevada gaming markets in percentage increase, new report notes
(Las Vegas) -- The downtown Las Vegas gaming market outperformed the state’s other 12 markets by percentage increase over the previous year for total revenue, the...
article Wind caused power outage affecting 2 Las Vegas Strip casinos
(Las Vegas) -- Two Strip properties were without power for about an hour early Wednesday morning. The MGM Grand and New York-New York lost power around 5:15 a.m. The...

1/10/2017

article Tourism officials report record 42.9M Las Vegas visitors in 2016
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas drew a record number of visitors last year, 42.9 million people, even more than tourism officials had predicted. The numbers were part of a...

1/8/2017

article VIDEO: What Poker Players Need To Know About Paid Parking On The Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- Planning a trip to Vegas to play some poker? Or perhaps you’re a local looking for a regular game? Don’t forget about parking! You’ve...

1/5/2017

article Power fully restored at Rio after outage
(Las Vegas) -- Power has been fully restored at the Rio Masquerade Tower after back-to-back electrical issues caused evacuations last week. An electrical fire broke out...

1/2/2017

article 14 tons of trash after big New Year's Eve party on the Vegas Strip: Let the cleanup begin
(Las Vegas) -- What a messy end to 2016. The Las Vegas Strip began jamming up with people hours before the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve and, as people...
article Power outage near Sahara and Industrial affecting Palace Station
(Las Vegas) -- UPDATE: power has been restored at Palace Station A power outage this evening near Sahara and Industrial has affected guests and workers at Palace Station.

1/1/2017

article Most Vegas Casinos in Debt, BIG TIME
(Las Vegas) -- House always wins? While operating a Vegas casino seems like an obvious money maker, the cost of these massive buildings has most of these jackpot makers...
article Dreams came true for Las Vegas diners in 2016
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas finally seemed to reach an MBA’s dream parameter this year, triggering openings or planned openings from national chains (including IKEA,...

12/31/2016

article Fireworks crew toils to make Las Vegas launch sizzle for New Year’s
(Las Vegas) -- Fireworks by Grucci pyrotechnician Henry Herman stood in an orange T-shirt with his hands folded on the roof of Treasure Island on Friday, admiring a...
article More than 80K New Year’s Eve fireworks will light up the Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- Less than 36 hours before 330,000-some raucous revelers pack the Strip to ring in New Year’s Day 2017, a crew of pyrotechnicians worked in near...

12/30/2016

article Continued power outage to leave 500 Rio rooms dark through New Year’s Eve weekend
(Las Vegas) -- More than half of the rooms in the Rio’s largest tower will remain dark through New Year’s Eve weekend after a major power outage that began...
article Official: Power Won’t Be Fully Back at Rio Casino for Days
(Las Vegas) -- The busy New Year’s holiday weekend is likely to come and go before a Rio casino hotel tower in Las Vegas fully recovers from a power outage that...
article Ready to party? Here’s the lowdown on celebrating New Year’s on Strip
(Las Vegas) -- With the eyes of hundreds of thousands of revelers set on the sky that envelops the Strip, the annual fireworks show is set to begin at 11:59:50 p.m....

12/29/2016

article Las Vegas residents are outraged that free parking is disappearing on the Strip
(Las Vegas) -- Greg Griffin said it’s happened “a million times.” He’s probably exaggerating a tad, given he’s been driving a cab for only...
article Paid Parking: Will You Stay or Will You Go?
(Las Vegas) -- “That’ll be $9, please.” “Sorry, you’ll have to play another hundred.” “The room’s only $27, but it’...
article Lights out at Vegas' Rio casino forces 900-room evacuation
(Las Vegas) -- The Rio casino in Las Vegas scrambled to find alternate lodging for guests Thursday after a power outage led to the evacuation of 900 rooms just before...
article Power outage at Rio prompts evacuation of 900 rooms
(Las Vegas) -- Water overflowing from a plugged sink leaked into an electrical conduit, causing a power outage at the Rio on Wednesday night that ultimately forced the...

12/28/2016

article Vegas casino staff fear rising tide of bad-tipping Chinese tourists
(Las Vegas) -- The rising tide of Chinese visitors to Las Vegas isn’t sitting well with frontline casino staff who rely on tips to supplement their meagre salaries...
article Key observations from the year in Vegas nightlife
(Las Vegas) -- As 2016 draws to a close—the first year Industry Weekly has covered the Las Vegas nightlife landscape—it’s time to look back at key...

12/26/2016

article Tour the California Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- USA TODAY Travel features exclusive, in-depth photo tours of Las Vegas' world-famous hotels and casino resorts. We explore a different Vegas property...
article Alon founders not giving up on Las Vegas Strip resort development
(Las Vegas) -- Alon Las Vegas may have experienced some troubles with finding proper funding for the boutique Strip resort in the past, but another major hurdle may have...

12/25/2016

article Alon founders not giving up on Las Vegas Strip resort development
(Las Vegas) -- Alon Las Vegas may have experienced some troubles with finding proper funding for the boutique Strip resort in the past, but another major hurdle may have...
article Vegas plans $500,000 blowout for New Year’s
(Las Vegas) -- The stage is set for another New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Las Vegas. As usual, the festivities will be split between the “America’s...

12/24/2016

article Wave of low-tipping travelers worries dealers, servers in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- As Strip properties prepare for more Chinese visitors, some casino employees say they are concerned they will have to forgo some tip money.

12/23/2016

article Alon founders vow to continue working on resort development
(Las Vegas) -- Alon Las Vegas, the casino resort proposed for the former Frontier site on Las Vegas Boulevard across from the Wynn, lost its primary backer this month...
article Big hopes for turnabout on north Las Vegas Strip fall short
(Las Vegas) -- It’s a place of abandoned projects, where flashy casinos hemorrhage money, where super-sized dreams go to die. All this and more – on the...
article Examining the (possible) loss of Alon through the five stages of grief
(Las Vegas) -- 1. Denial. Crown Resorts might have given up on the 1,100-room luxury boutique resort planned for the 35-acre former site of the New Frontier—yet...

12/22/2016

article Free self-parking for locals at Las Vegas MGM properties ends Wednesday
(Las Vegas) -- It’s official. Free self-parking for local residents comes to an end at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday,...

12/21/2016

article Boyd Gaming acquires Las Vegas Cannery Casinos
(Las Vegas) -- Boyd Gaming announced Tuesday that it has completed its acquisition of the Las Vegas assets of Cannery Casino Resorts. The addition of both properties...

12/20/2016

article Forget a casino ticket? Here’s what happens to the money
(Las Vegas) -- Gamblers left more than $35 million on casino floors in the past five years, money the state of Nevada was happy to come along and pick up. The cash came...

12/19/2016

article Licensing of Cannery properties to Boyd Gaming approved
(Las Vegas) -- The Cannery and Eastside Cannery properties officially became part of Boyd Gaming Corp.’s network of locals casinos Monday following two votes by...
article Regulators OK Boyd’s acquisition of Canneries
(Las Vegas) -- The Nevada Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission unanimously approved Boyd Gaming’s purchase of the Cannery casinos on Monday morning.
article A look back at Las Vegas sportsbook renovations in 2016
(Las Vegas) -- I recently wrote catch-up on all the new fees and belt tightening that we’ve seen in Las Vegas casinos over the past year or so. Now it's time...
article Parking plan: A Las Vegas local’s guide to navigating the new reality on the Strip
(Las Vegas) -- With poor payouts on blackjack, resort fees, increased room taxes and now costs for valet and self-parking, it’s getting harder to visit a resort on...

12/13/2016

article Boyd’s purchase of Cannery casinos nears completion
(Las Vegas) -- Boyd Gaming’s purchase of the Cannery casinos is expected to be completed shortly after special sessions of both the Gaming Control Board and Gaming...

12/8/2016

article Best bingo spots in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- When in Las Vegas, you’ll always feel lucky. There are loads of entertainment all around, and certainly the game of Bingo is hot on the list!

12/7/2016

article Lucky Dragon Casino Eyes Its Target
(Las Vegas) -- When the Lucky Dragon had its official grand opening earlier this month, there were few surprises. After all, the casino had been open for nearly two...
article Paid parking on the Strip may be a necessary evil
(Las Vegas) -- Black Friday already overfloweth with irony, but imagine my surprise on November 25 when it took me only minutes to park at a neighborhood mall, followed...
article Downtown’s California completes redesign for ‘modern island vibe’
(Las Vegas) -- An ambitious renovation of the California Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas has been completed, giving new flair to its Hawaiian motif, Boyd Gaming...
article Some Las Vegas hotels have increased their resort fees. Here's what it will cost you now
(Las Vegas) -- The $200-a-night room you just reserved in Las Vegas? It’ll cost you a bit more now given the two biggest players on the Strip — MGM Resorts...
article Las Vegas Casino's Big Bet on East Coast Gambling
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas is moving to the East Coast, sort of. Some of Las Vegas' biggest names are seeing the East Coast of the U.S. as a massive untapped market...

12/5/2016

article Formal opening for Lucky Dragon
(Las Vegas) -- Lucky Dragon hotel-casino launched with a soft open two weeks ago, on Saturday 3 December it had its official grand opening, a formal event with...

12/4/2016

article Lions, dragon and fireworks in Las Vegas: Lucky Dragon celebrates grand opening
(Las Vegas) -- Vibrant Chinese lions bounced to thumping drums and splashing cymbals in a ceremony held at the entrance of the Lucky Dragon on Saturday afternoon.
article New resort Lucky Dragon is already fired up
(Las Vegas) -- Lucky Dragon hotel-casino opened two weeks ago, but Saturday afternoon was the official, formal event honoring the occasion, complete with ear-ringing...
article Don’t like Strip casino parking fees? Blame the airlines
(Las Vegas) -- Blame the airlines for this movement to require casino customers to pay for parking on the Strip. Or, if you listen to some Strip watchers, we should...
article Hooters Casino Las Vegas to continue to offer free parking despite new industry trend
(Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts International began charging for parking back in the summer months and now Caesars Entertainment Corp. has followed suit, with the launch of...
article Soon you'll have to pay parking fees for your stay at Caesars and Wynn hotels in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Say goodbye to free parking along the Las Vegas Strip. Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts are joining MGM Resorts in charging hotel guests and...

12/3/2016

article In like a lion: Dancers, pomp celebrate Lucky Dragon grand opening in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Dragon and lion dancers danced and marched past baccarat players to a staccato beat of drums and cymbals while gamblers snapped cellphone pictures...

12/2/2016

article Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas bucks recent trends with free parking
(Las Vegas) -- Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas is proud to offer free self and valet parking to all hotel guests and Las Vegas residents alike. Located steps from the...
article Some of Las Vegas' biggest casinos to end free parking perk
(Las Vegas) -- Sin City is about to get pricier. Free parking, a long-running perk offered at most of Las Vegas' Strip properties to keep money at the tables, will...
article Lucky Dragon, Las Vegas' newest casino resort, caters to Chinese tourists
(Las Vegas) -- As a Chinese airline, Hainan Airlines, begins the first nonstop flights from Beijing to Las Vegas, tourism officials in Vegas anticipate the city could...

12/1/2016

article Fitch Ratings: Solid growth for Strip in 2017
(Las Vegas) -- Ignore the Las Vegas valley’s physical features, according to Fitch Ratings, the economic landscape of the city is flat and smooth. The financial...
article As free parking continues to dwindle on Strip, some resorts guarded about following suit
(Las Vegas) -- The decline of free parking in Las Vegas — one of the Strip’s few hallowed traditions — continues. In the last two days, two major Strip...

11/30/2016

article Weighing the Lucky Dragon
(Las Vegas) -- The Lucky Dragon casino on Sahara just west of the Strip is open. Early, in fact, about three weeks ahead of its announced grand opening on December 3. It...
article Caesars Entertainment to launch paid parking initiative
(Las Vegas) -- Caesars Entertainment Corp. said late Tuesday that it will launch a paid valet and self-parking initiative beginning late next month. The move follows the...
article Like MGM, Caesars Entertainment to start charging for parking
(Las Vegas) -- Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced Tuesday that it will launch a paid valet and self-parking initiative at eight of its nine Las Vegas properties...
article Champagne Vending Machine Grants Bubbly on the Go
(Las Vegas) -- It was Noël Coward who once posed the question, “Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?” Had the late English...

11/29/2016

article Caesars Entertainment announces paid parking program for Las Vegas properties
(Las Vegas) -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced they will launch a paid valet and self-parking initiative intended to improve the parking experience for...
article Enter the Lucky Dragon, Vegas' Newest Casino on the Strip
(Las Vegas) -- It's a big deal in Las Vegas whenever a new casino opens its doors, especially if it's anywhere close to the Strip. In recent years, we've...

11/28/2016

article How Worried Should Wynn and Las Vegas Sands Be About This New Casino?
(Las Vegas) -- Have Las Vegas casino operators missed a big opportunity? We know that Las Vegas Sands andWynn Resorts made the most of China's decision to legalize...

11/27/2016

article Lucky Dragon, Las Vegas’ newest resort, firing up casino market
(Las Vegas) -- Casino openings excite us because we long to enjoy something we’ve never seen before. For many, the openings of The Mirage (the arrival of the Strip...
article How Worried Should Wynn and Las Vegas Sands Be About This New Casino?
(Las Vegas) -- Have Las Vegas casino operators missed a big opportunity? We know that Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) and Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ: WYNN) made the most of China...

11/26/2016

article Players not forgotten when casinos lose power
(Las Vegas) -- Recent power outages at Las Vegas casinos left some wondering: What happens to the money in slot machines or in-progress table games when they are...

11/25/2016

article South Point owner Gaughan buys additional land surrounding hotel
(Las Vegas) -- South Point owner Michael Gaughan has snapped up additional land around the Las Vegas hotel, including part of a site where investors sought to build a...

11/23/2016

article Santa Fe Station scores with new bingo hall
(Las Vegas) -- Station Casinos’ Santa Fe Station has upped its bingo game. The company on Wednesday opened its new, 10,000-square-foot bingo hall in space formerly...

11/22/2016

article Despite a casino power outage, gamblers unlikely to be left in dark on winnings
(Las Vegas) -- In the late morning of Nov. 3 at the Paris Las Vegas, the lights went out to stop play at the casino’s 100 table games and more than 2,200 slot...
article Lucky Dragon casino-hotel opens just off Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- An Asian-themed property catering to Chinese gamblers and guests has become the first new casino-hotel to open in nearly six years along the Las Vegas...
article Golden Nugget Las Vegas debuts Billion Dollar Buyer-themed slot
(Las Vegas) -- Golden Nugget Las Vegas now offers a new slot machine themed after the hit CNBC show, “Billion Dollar Buyer” starring Tilman Fertitta, the...

11/20/2016

article Lucky Dragon welcomes first guests — in Mandarin first
(Las Vegas) -- First a grand opening was set for Dec. 3, then a soft opening was scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday. But even that wasn't soon enough. Shortly after 8 p.m...

11/19/2016

article Las Vegas’ newest resort, Lucky Dragon, is opening doors early
(Las Vegas) -- The public will get a chance to see that 1¼-ton glass dragon sculpture at the Lucky Dragon hotel-casino a little earlier than expected.

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